2020 events

Sat 11:00-11:30
Sunset Room

Are we alone and destined for oblivion?

Tony Tanner

Since Drake attempted to quantify the question posed by Fermi, ”Where are they?”, we have pondered on the possibility of finding and communicating with intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe. Little was known of the values of the terms in Drake’s equation when it was posed, but since then our understanding of the Universe and the evolution of life on planet Earth has increased dramatically. While this has helped in quantifying some terms, many other factors have arisen. This presentation overviews the probability of each term to address the question, “Are we alone?” In the light of this discussion the question -- “What does the future hold for our species“ -- is also explored.